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Football: Perfect boost.

Byline: Kevin Ratcliffe

PRE-SEASON games mean very little.

They provide a manager with the opportunity to gauge which of his players are sharp and ready for the season and which are in need of extra work on the training ground.

But when you play a pre-season match at Ibrox and gain a 3-2 victory there are also psychological benefits. The morale lift of beating such a strong side on their own soil will serve Everton well.

It was the perfect antidote to the below par showing at Crewe and will have pleased the manager, not because the result was better but because the performance was better.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2003
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